LENOIR COUNTY, NC (WITN) - WITN's Teacher of the Week for October 2 is Jennifer Grubbs from Pink Hill Elementary.
Grubbs teaches an encore class called Worldview at the elementary school, teaching students grades K-5.
The class focuses on teaching students about agriculture for part of the year. Classes utilize a greenhouse, an aquaponics system and raise chickens, rabbits and honey bees.
Students learn about other cultures for the other half of the year in her class.
"I believe it is important for students to understand that how it is in America is not necessarily how it is in other parts of the world. We are very blessed as a nation," said Grubbs.
Grubbs knows this firsthand because she spent a year overseas teaching in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
"It was absolutely a culture shock, but it was the best thing I've ever done," said Grubbs.
The Wisconsin native has been at Pink Hill Elementary School for six years. Before that, she taught at B.F. Grady Elementary School in Duplin County and worked in the travel industry.
The person who nominated Grubbs wrote: "I would like to nominate Jennifer Grubbs at Pink Hill Elementary School in Pink Hill. Not only is she an amazing teacher who loves her students and even parents, but she is also responsible for all of the schools pretty flowers and bees.
She taught my children so much about the world, how people in different countries live, their traditions and differences in food and such. She also teaches them about animals like (but not only) the bees or chickens on school campus and most of all, she always has a smile and encouraging words."
Congratulations, Mrs. Grubbs!
Every week during the school year WITN will recognize a Teacher of the Week on WITN News at Sunrise. The winner receives a plaque and $100 gift card for school supplies.